Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Lessons in Camouflage by Martin Ott

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Martin Ott’s first two poetry collections won the De Novo and Sandeen Prizes. In his third collection LESSONS IN CAMOUFLAGE, he continues to explore the theme of casting a light on hidden truths. The book spans his turmoil as a U.S. Army interrogator to conflicts personal in nature: divorce, death, and determination to uncover the mysteries of what makes life worth living. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


For Love of the Dollar: A Memoir by J.M. Servin

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

For Love of the Dollar is a young writer’s tale of ambitions undermined by economic forces, racial divides and artistic hubris. Hilarious, irreverent, even cynical, Servín worked in kitchens, gas stations, golf courses, and finally, as a “manny" for a dysfunctional Connecticut family. His view of the plight of the undocumented worker confronts as much what it means to be Mexican, as it does American, laying bare a version of the American dream few have had the courage to articulate. From $10 SHOP NOW


The Tender Grip of Desire by Melia Banu

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Injured in a car accident, Jane contemplates life in a wheelchair. When her best friend, Isabelle, connects her with a famous doctor, Jane starts believing in miracles until he takes an unprofessional interest in her. Is he in love with her, a married woman, ten years his senior? Or is it all in her head? To find out, Jane must choose between a crumbling past and a dangerous future. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Sea of Glass by Tricia D. Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Twelve-year-old Teo spends his days helping his drunken papá hang windows on shanties along Baja’s wild coast. When an old angler presses Teo to seek a goddess—the Sea Angel—for rescue, Teo sets out to test whether help can be found at the hands of the gods. To learn the truth, he must look beyond legends and summon the courage to challenge his papá. And to reach freedom, he must tap his own strength, hidden beneath wounds laid by glass. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Mission by Paul Forrester-O'Neill

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“This book will stay with me.” -Sarah Haywood, The Cactus. A boy and his father are separated by an unforgivable lie. Twenty years later they meet, and the dying father tells his son of the men who cheated him and the town of Mission that spurned him. John plans his revenge. What follows is a twist of guile and brutality, mud and gold, as his father's enemies are played by the young man with the crooked snout and the pocketful of hatpins. “Powerful” -Tamar Hodes, The Water and the Wine From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Dark Horse by J.D. Underwood

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

After losing a promotion, Maria Henderson struggles to recapture career success. Meanwhile, Tony Carpenter, a former outlaw motorcycle gang member, returns under a shadow to his elderly mentor save his failing gym. When Carpenter’s unsavory past catches up with him, it threatens to undo all the work he and Maria have done. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Like No Other Boy by Larry Center

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Publishers Weekly says Like No Other Boy "finds true beauty in the moving love of fathers for sons" in this emotional tale of a single father fighting for the happiness of his autistic child. By weaving in scientific concepts about communication barriers, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and humans' connections to animals, author Larry Center creates an optimistic story filled with hope. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


If We Had Known by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

While time often seemed to stand still, and tedious weeks stretched into months with no occurrence out of the ordinary, their lives had irrevocably changed in an instant. It was his eyes that told her. Those blue eyes. Like the water in the Caribbean. A college student. A professor. A secret. A devastating medical diagnosis. A young woman looking for meaning in her life. A man searching for his beginnings. A couple who wanted it all. Were their fates linked by circumstance? Or were other forces at work? From $2.99 SHOP NOW


A Bend in the River by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Is there a warning before life shatters into pieces? In 1968 two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. The only survivors of the massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


What's Wrong with This Picture? by John McCaffrey

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"With clean, impactful prose and an off-kilter sense of humor...strikes deep into the absurdities of life to uncover the truths we try to keep buried." -Douglas Light. What’s Wrong With This Picture? speaks to everyone who has ever searched for the meaning of existence…or a really good haircut. "These eleven stories...explore the breadth of human potential, from heartening redemption, down to the nastiest of transgressions." -Tim Bridwell From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Beneath A Blanket Of Snow by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A story about what happens behind closed doors." -Amazon review. Jonathan had it all: a successful business, a stunning home, a wonderful family. Meanwhile, Jonathan's wife, Meredith, lived a life of luxury, but was isolated from the realities of the working world. Her days were spent decorating their spacious home, practicing yoga, and shopping in boutiques—until her husband’s crime turned her world upside down. "An enjoyable page turner!" -Amazon review. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder—perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and If the Creek Don't Rise"Remarkable debut.... [a] nearly flawless tale of loss, perseverance and redemption." -Publishers Weekly From $7.39 SHOP NOW


Passion Demands a Vocabulary of Desire: Volume 1 by Bauke Kamstra

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Confronting and charming with the rapid fire efficiency of the micro format that makes this collection both prolific and profound." -Tyler Salsman. We are all involved in the search for beauty, but the artist is dedicated to a search that breaks conventional boundaries...one that is still wholly human. "Kamstra’s words burrow into those intimate places...With its confessional yet unrepentant tone, this poetry collection is a masterpiece of imagery" -Catherine LoFrumento From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Forever 51 by Pamela Skjolsvik

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Vampires with spray tans and menopause trying to 12-step their way to salvation, takes vampire(s) into terrifying new territory: middle age. A very funny, very bloody book about growing older and getting dead." –Grady Hendrix, New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. Immortality sucks. Eternally 51-years old, problem drinker Veronica embarks on a road trip to regain her mortality, reclaim her humanity, and ultimately, die on her own terms. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Keziah's Song by Daryl Potter

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A magisterial work of ancient world building, and a dramatically affecting one, as well." -Kirkus Reviews. Keziah's Song is a generation-spanning, literary historical fiction novel. If you like sweeping depictions of ancient eras, high-stakes conflicts, and beauty found amid tragedy, then you'll love this compelling tour de force. "Absolutely bewitching...this mesmerizing tale will linger in readers' minds long after the final page is turned." -The Prairies Book Review From $4.99 SHOP NOW


No Bed of Roses by Jean Gill

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Helen Tanner runs her own business, spends her evenings out with friends, anything to avoid memories of the tragedy she left behind. She lives alone and likes it that way. Until, that is, a dark-haired vet walks into her life. As passion grows into love, Helen is forced to face up to a troubled past. "Excellent and intelligent book about loss and healing." -Leslie Ficcaglia From $0.99 SHOP NOW


My Counterfeit Self by Jane Davis

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Completely gripping, excellently written and skillfully put together.' -Isabel Wolff, author of Ghostwritten. Who is the real Lucy Forrester - bohemian poet, political activist, or eccentric style icon? Only two men know the truth. And one of them is dying. "A sensitively wrought novel of our times, and one I gladly recommend." -Radhika Swarup, author of Where the Rivers Part From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Love's Garden by Nandini Bhattacharya

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Spanning both world wars and the turbulent backdrop of the Indian independence movement...a timeless story of redemption" -Buzzfeed News. "With characters that will entice you, fill you with indignation and sometimes break your heart" -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Love’s Garden is about a young mother's deal with the devil that sets in motion extraordinary sacrifices. "If you only buy one book this month, buy this one." -Goodreads review From $4.99 SHOP NOW


The Moon Always Rising by Alice C Early

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“An unexpectedly memorable beach read” -Kirkus Reviews. Before a feisty Scottish woman can make tropical Nevis her home, she must assuage a resident ghost and unravel family secrets. A moving and lyrical novel that transports readers from lush tropics to rugged highlands and back again, The Moon Always Rising explores how the power of forgiveness can help even the most damaged person fix whatever is broken. Martha Hall Kelly (Lilac Girls) “loved the fabulous ghost—such a unique and intriguing character!” From $0.99 SHOP NOW


The Rain, the Park & Other Things by Alan C. Williams

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A fascinating collection of short stories. The fine appeal of the incredible narrative in this book is the focus on something unique, special, relatable, fun & thought-provoking." -Chick Lit Cafe. The Rain, the Park & Other Things by Alan C. Williams is full of quirky tales that cover crime, fantasy, science fiction, romance and thrillers, usually set in the here and now. "These are fascinating short stories with familiar beautiful Australian places and captivating themes." -Amazon review From $5.49 SHOP NOW


This Is How We Leave by Joanne Nelson

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A wise and generous memoir, keenly observed, unflinchingly recorded, written with humor, empathy, and love." -Dinah Lenney. Against a background of family runaways, award-winning memoirist Joanne Nelson explores what it takes to stay when the going begins to dazzle and the staying seems way too ordinary. "Wrenchingly human stories." -Lisa C. Krueger From $2.99 SHOP NOW


White Sheets to Brown Babies by Jvonne Hubbard

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Her life story is certainly edge-of-the-chair suspenseful but far more meaningful than simply a 'good read.'" -Amazon review. White Sheets to Brown Babies is a memoir of the life of Jvonne Hubbard, a little girl who was raised to hate minorities through the indoctrination of her father, the Grand Dragon of a North Carolina faction of the KKK. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Paper Sons: A Memoir by Dickson Lam

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Set in a public housing project in San Francisco, Lam's memoir explores his transformation from a teenage graffiti writer to a high school teacher working with troubled youth while navigating the secret violence in his immigrant's family's past. From $8.69 SHOP NOW


Favorite Monster by Sharma Shields

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In her debut story collection, Shields unveils the truth behind every monster. "In this darkly funny and deeply affecting collection, Sharma Shields writes with razor-sharp prose about obsession, loneliness, desire, and guilt, the monsters we brush up against, the monsters we carry inside. The result is a wondrous and twisted journey, full of magic and mystery, beauty and betrayal, hope and heartbreak. Shields’ debut is a dazzler, her voice as haunting as it is fearless." -Aryn Kyle From $9.99 SHOP NOW


The Zipper Club by Thomas Mannella

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Eloquent, insightful, and intensely engaging" -Annita Sawyer. A young man's struggle to come to terms with the deteriorating valve in his heart. "A rawly honest, extraordinarily detailed, and astonishingly beautiful account" -Jane Alison From $2.99 SHOP NOW